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5 Companies to Watch at E3 2017

/ May 31st, 2017 No Comments

E3 2018

E3 2017 is almost upon us and there’s a lot to be excited about in the world of video games.

Sony and Microsoft are pushing forward in their never-ending technological arms race while Nintendo is once again taking a gamble on something different. While hardware may be a focus at this year’s E3, the third- and first-party games in development will provide the most excitement.

What will these companies bring to surprise us at E3 this year? Here are five developers/publishers that you should be keeping an eye on at E3 2017.


Why does Nintendo matter as a developer? Because the Nintendo Switch just came out this year and the games available for the console will make or break its existence.

We already know that Super Mario Odyssey will release this winter, and it is likely that this game will be the main focus for Nintendo at E3 2017.

E3 2017

An open-world Mario might just break the planet.

Nintendo will likely make Arms and Splatoon 2 a big part of its E3 plans as well. The success of these games in the competitive field will greatly impact the success of the Nintendo Switch console itself.

The company has said that these games will be highlighted at E3, but does Nintendo have any other secrets or surprises up its sleeve?

From Software

The Ringed City was the final piece of DLC for Dark Souls 3 and developer From Software has said that third entry was the end of the franchise. But that doesn’t mean it will not have a presence at E3 2017.

Will From Software announce a sequel to the critically acclaimed Bloodborne? Will From Software be moving on to a new IP?

E3 2017

What can I say? I’m a glutton for punishment.

Rumors suggest the developer has an entirely new franchise — titled “Phantom Wail” — in the works. Whether this rumor is true or we see a sequel to Bloodborne, it is clear that From Software has the ability to drop a major bombshell at E3 2017.

Kojima Productions

Death Stranding is like a fevered pipe dream that some still cannot believe is happening. Following a bitter fallout between Hideo Kojima and Konami, Kojima has decided to follow his own path, and boy is it a strange one.

E3 2016 was rocked by the announcement of Death Stranding, one of the most discussed reveal trailers of all time. But we have barely learned more about the game since.

E3 2017

What is… why… oh screw it, take my money!

Norman Reedus and his oil-baby fetus are on some bizarre beach and creepy steampunk wizards watch them with a sense of foreboding. If you think I’m joking watch it for yourself here.

While E3 2017 might consist of mostly radio silence, anything brought to the table by Kojima Productions will be happily received and appreciated. It is not likely that we’ll see much more of Death Stranding — the game certainly appears to be a long way off still. But if Kojima brings some early gameplay footage, it would make the crowd go wild.


Speaking of odd titles, Ubisoft is teaming up with Nintendo for Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle. Many people thought the early rumors of this game were a joke, but this odd mashup appears to be a reality. In fact, key art for the game was recently leaked.

So, what is Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle? The game will be an RPG but it looks like it may have some third-person shooter and co-op elements.

E3 2017

The real “Best of E3 2017.”

Of course, Ubisoft also has its own blockbuster franchises to worry about. After a year off, Assassin’s Creed is expected to return. Rumors suggest the game will be set in Egypt, and a leaked image appears to confirm that setting along with the presence of boats.

E3 2017 will be a major opportunity for Ubisoft to show off why they took their time with the latest iteration of Assassin’s Creed. Hopefully, we’ll see some new mechanics and less glitches at the show. Ubisoft has a new logo, so we’ll see if they can develop a new image.


Bungie only has one title to worry about: Destiny 2. The original Destiny left a lot to be desired, but it looks like Bungie listened to the fans. Early footage of Destiny 2 shows a game that is much more focused on story and a game that has evolved a lot from the original.

E3 2017

Destiny 2 is looking to rebuild goodwill.

With Destiny 2 set to release Sept. 8, Bungie is expected to offer plenty of the game’s gameplay during the show. Gamers will get a good idea of how big of a leap Bungie is really taking with one of the most highly anticipated sequels ever.

Honorable Mention: Microsoft

Why not Sony? Because Microsoft has an entirely new console to introduce at E3 this year. We are expected to learn a lot more about Project Scorpio at E3 2017, including the price point, release date and design.

But what about the games? Microsoft needs to drop some blockbuster names for its new console. Will we see a new Halo, Gears of War and Forza in the same presentation? Does Microsoft have some new IPs in the works? We can’t wait to find out.


Greg Johnson

Greg Johnson

Associate Editor at Gaming Illustrated
Greg is a Nintendo fanboy who would cry if they ever went third party. He writes news, previews and reviews at Gaming Illustrated.
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